As more devices join the internet of things, from toasters and washers to refrigerators and home thermostats, the number of avenues for attacks by ill-meaning hackers widens. This can leave end users with the mess of stolen passwords, damaged homes or lost privacy.
Despite these risks, networking devices can add value to owner’s lives. However, security steps need to be taken to prevent trouble, and consumers cannot assume that the company they purchased an appliance from has updated every device they’ve sold. Aware of the dangers, Forbes Technology Council experts offer these methods for end users to use to help protect their devices from being hacked.
1. Remember That End Users Play A Crucial Role In Security
Consumers should understand the crucial role they play in cybersecurity, especially in regard to IoT devices, which have become increasingly accessible and vulnerable to hacking incidents. Consumers can make great strides in protecting themselves by using devices from reputable manufacturers, and protecting sensitive information like passwords and login credentials. – Mark Benson, Exosite, LLC
2. Smart Thinking Can Limit Danger
While there’s always a way to hack anything if given enough time and initiative, consumers can do a lot to slow the process or make them give up and move on. Use good passwords and multiple authentication measures. Don’t share this information or write it down. Be aware of what could happen and continue to research what’s available in terms of security. – Chalmers Brown, Due
Source: SANS ISC SecNewsFeed @ March 3, 2017 at 05:24AM